Today I’m participating in First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea, in which bloggers share a bit about a book they’re reading or planning to read soon.
Within the next week I will be starting The Neverland Wars by Audrey Greathouse. I originally selected this as my prize from Rachel’s blogoverary giveaway, but it was double the price in the UK as what it was for me. Then she pointed me in this direction to get a review copy.
The evening was still bright and young when the music started. Gwen had played all day in the backyard, and her dolls’ plastic faces were smudged with dirt to prove it. They had gluttonously devoured all of Gwen’s mud pies, and she was intently plucking daisy petals, one at a time, to determine of some unimagined boy was somewhere out there, madly in love with her. she had to start over with several daisies. Her eight-year-old hand did not have the requisite coordination for the task.
“And then what happened?” Rosemary asked, clutching Tootles in her arms until he mewed with discomfort.
“Shush!” Gwen warned, whispering. “If Mom hears, we’ll both be in trouble.”
Magic can do a lot—give you flight, show you mermaids, help you taste the stars, and… solve the budget crisis? That’s what the grown-ups will do with it if they ever make it to Neverland to steal its magic and bring their children home.
However, Gwen doesn’t know this. She’s just a sixteen-year-old girl with a place on the debate team and a powerful crush on Jay, the soon-to-be homecoming king. She doesn’t know her little sister could actually run away with Peter Pan, or that she might have to chase after her to bring her home safe. Gwen will find out though—and when she does, she’ll discover she’s in the middle of a looming war between Neverland and reality.
She’ll be out of place as a teenager in Neverland, but she won’t be the only one. Peter Pan’s constant treks back to the mainland have slowly aged him into adolescence as well. Soon, Gwen will have to decide whether she’s going to join impish, playful Peter in his fight for eternal youth… or if she’s going to scramble back to reality in time for the homecoming dance.